where to find fresh shell beans in SF?
I just discovered these delectable morsels two days ago in my Mariquita Farms box, and now I am on a mission to gobble more up while the gobbling's good. So my two questions are:
What's the seasonal availability of said beans?
And where (farmers' markets and/or in stores) can I find them?
Thanks in advance for any help!
p.s. I'm new here and did try to search the boards to see if anyone's already asked this, but if I missed it, please redirect me to the right thread. :)
What is a shell bean to you?
I saw Favas at Lunardis (San Jose) Monday (8/25).
The SJ Flea Market had soy beans/edamame on 8/20.
Note: I realize you are asking about SF, my sitings are to let you know what is currently available.
Last September I was at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market and remember seeing cranberrys.
I find it easier to google the question vs using Chowhound's Search.
Cranberry shellies were at Ferry Plaza farmer's market the last couple of Saturdays and will probably continue. Season is a bit late this year.
I haven't been to the Ferry Plaza market in a couple of weeks, but if you go on Saturdays make sure to try the Dirty Girl booth. They usually have beautiful shelling beans.
I think I saw black eyed peas this week at the Berkeley market.
This is a good time of year to be looking for shelling beans.
There's at least one stall at the Tuesday Ferry Building that sells them...they look wonderful, and I'm often tempted, but they completely fail my lazy/thrifty scale (like the Vicky Mendonza diagonal from How I Met Your Mother, but I digress.) I'll pay a little more for convenience and ease, or put a little more effort into something that was a great deal. But the last time I bought fava beans, I spent about $8-9 on a lb, and ended up with a scant cup of edible beans, after the super fun double shelling process. Fail!
It's funny, I actually *like* the task of shelling the beans! It reminds me of helping my mom with menial prep work when I was a kid, like snapping the ends off of a huge bowl of bean sprouts or filling and folding dumplings. Plus, each pod is like a small present that I get to open up and see what's inside. Simple things.... as long as I'm not pressed for time, that is. :)